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or workmanly

[wurk-muh n-lahyk] /ˈwɜrk mənˌlaɪk/
like or befitting a workman.
skillful; well executed:
a workmanlike piece of writing.
Origin of workmanlike
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English werkmanlike. See workman, -like
Related forms
unworkmanlike, adjective
unworkmanly, adjective Unabridged
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  • Here are a clump of Highlanders, their workmanlike aprons in front, their keen faces burned black with months of the veldt.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • He had a job to do, and he went at it in a workmanlike manner.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • His workmanlike enthusiasm was instantly aroused, and he darted across the room to examine the make of the cabinet closely.

    The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
  • To disguise it by sewing through the cord is not a workmanlike practice.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • Why man, he can pick a pocket in as workmanlike a manner as either of us.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • The work must be executed in a thorough and workmanlike manner.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • Therefore, care must be exercised in all operations to turn the trap out in a workmanlike manner.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • It did, in as workmanlike a manner as D Company had on the other occasion.

British Dictionary definitions for workmanlike


appropriate to or befitting a good workman
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Word Origin and History for workmanlike

"efficient, no-nonsense," 1739, from workman (see work (v.)) + -like.

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